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New Year's Day at the Ôgi-ya in the Yoshiwara

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Pentaptych: 11.17688 (L), 11.17689 (CL), 11.17695 (R), 11.17696 (CR), 11.17697 (C) MFA impressions: 11.17688VR (11.17688-9, 11.17695-7), 21.7607-11


Katsushika Hokusai ga (on right sheet only) 葛飾北斎画


Censor's seals: kiwame, Moriya Jihei (on left sheet only) 改印: 極、森治


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1812 (Bunka 9)

Catalogue Raisonné

Lane, Hokusai: Life and Work (1989), pp. 155 and 170; Ukiyo-e shûka 16 (1981), p. 230, vertical ôban #16; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 8 (1981), #166


Vertical ôban pentaptych; 38.5 x 130 cm (15 3/16 x 51 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.17688-17689, 11.17695-17697

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper